splatstick

(I started thinking about this bc @idontwanttogobacktoreality made a post. Thanks for your thoughts!!)

Every once in a while, I see a complaint from somebody demonizing YOI because it doesn’t include homophobia or racism or whatever other thing, and uhm, no

To be clear, Kubo and staff have said the YOI takes place in a homophobia-free universe. Cool, fine, good. But I see people sometimes saying the YOI isn’t proper representation and completely disregarding the series because of this. Like fine, you can have an opinion; I’m not prying your eyelids open and forcing you to watch anime, but to say that YOI isn’t “proper” representation or that it contributes nothing is completely misguided. 

First of all, a show–or any piece of media, really–that has a queer couple and/or character in it doesn’t have to relegate itself to being about discrimination. Sure, it can, and it’s absolutely important that there are cultural records of the awful shit happening in the world. But our lives are more than that. We’re more than the hate directed towards us. We’re all individuals with our own problems, perspectives, preferences. Why should every story including us have to essentially be a form of torture porn? 

For those who don’t know, the term ‘torture porn’ is used in cinematic circles to describe a subgenre of horror film that deliberately focuses on graphic depictions of torture, gore, violence, etc etc. That doesn’t mean any film with gore in it, it means a piece that has no real plot, emotional depth, or suspense; it’s only about suffering, plain and simple. Think of things like Bloodfeast (1963)–one of my personal fav b movies actually–the Saw series, and Hostel: Part II (2007). Films like Evil Dead 2 (1987), however, are splatstick because of the comedic tone. 

I make this comparison because if every single story with queer characters and couples only focused on the suffering of these people, then it just becomes an emotional–and sometimes physical–form of what I explained above. If it has nothing going for it but that, then the story is nonexistent, plot is flat, the characters are caricatures rather than people, etc etc. Again, it’s not a bad thing to portray stories like this. But it’s important to keep in mind that we experience more than hate and romanticized depression. 

Anyway, my point is is that YOI has a complex story on its own. Yuuri and Victor are people, not romanticized caricatures. They have their own problems separate from discrimination, and that’s so important in normalizing queer people and relationships. I mean, honestly, if we keep portraying queer people as “outsiders,” how are we going to get anywhere? 

I was talking to my mother about this, and she made a great point: not only is the show a great step for normalizing queer relationships–especially since younger generations will be able to see it–but it’s also a wonderful blueprint of what the world could be. It’ll take time, and work, but this is a place we can get to. People can love and be themselves and hold their identities proudly instead of repressing and hiding out of fear of assault or even death. 

If we don’t have a map, we’ll lose our way. YOI is a piece of the map to lead us to a better, kinder world. 

This show has worth, and it means things to people, whether you think so or not. Opinions don’t change the reality. 

Watched Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive (1994) last night. It was… eye-opening. Surprised I didn’t throw up my dinner all over my laptop. Would have been a nicer sight than what I saw on screen. In any case, I’m thoroughly disgusted but and delighted. Well done, Peter Jackson. Thought I was desensitized to cinematic gore but you proved me wrong. How you ever got the gig directing The Lord of the Rings films after making this movie I’ll never figure out.

angstinthetimeofleprosy  asked:

here's a kinda vague one for you: who do you think have had/will have the ugliest deaths in the series. Ex. Vargo Hoat and The Mountain both died hard and I've always said that Petyr Baelish and Ramsey are going to die so hard it'll make people put the book down and go for a walk, maybe take a shower. Thoughts?

Ha! Not vague at all. Delightfully specific, in fact. 

In terms of deaths that have happened, I have to add Quentyn. He died of burn wounds covering his body over the course of three days; his eyes turned to pus. My poor sweet not-the-hero. 

In terms of future deaths, I’ve said before I’m bringin’ popcorn to Victarion’s own inferno. (Expect both me and @e-doro to devote, like, months to glorying in it.) I love to compare Quent and Vic’s quests to Slaver’s Bay, because they’re such perfect contrasts: Quent’s is a soul-searing tragedy, Vic’s is a very, very dark comedy. While Quent’s fiery death made me sob my goddamn lungs sore, Vic’s is gonna be pure Evil Dead II-level splatstick, and I will howl with laughter as the monster burns.  

Ash vs Evil Dead: Sam Raimi explains why he likes to torment Bruce Campbell

There are many reasons to be excited for the return of the Evil Dead franchise in Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead this fall. We can get excited for the sure-to-be steady stream of one-liners. We can get excited for that intoxicating “splatstick” mix of horror and comedy. And we can get excited for the return of everyone’s favorite boomstick-wielding misfit, Ash.

But there is another, more nefarious reason to get excited — the on-screen punishment inflicted on star Bruce Campbell. But here’s the best part about it: There’s no need to feel bad about delighting in the physical abuse Campbell endures for the sake of his art. After all, his director doesn’t! We spoke to Sam Raimi about the seeming joy he derives from making his lifelong friend suffer while filming, and his feelings on the matter may just be my favorite thing of all time.